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Synopsis

August 2018 will mark the 50th anniversary of the invasion of the former Czechoslovakia by the “brother nations” of the Warsaw Pact. For this occasion, this unusual documentary project was created by the producers and five filmmakers (four of them women) from the five countries that participated in the invasion: Russia (then in the Soviet Union), Hungary, Poland, Bulgaria and the then German Democratic Republic. In five episodes, former soldiers from these countries talk about the dramatic events that shocked the whole world at the time. It goes without saying that the population of Czechoslovakia was hardest hit: the people were essentially surprised by the invaders in their sleep. The strongest impression conveyed through the film, is the accompanying confusion and chaos. Hungarian ex-soldiers for example report how they didn’t even know to where they were being deployed for a long time during their march: silence and very fragmented information were characteristic of the operation. On the other hand, touching scenes come up as the occupants of the former Soviet Union meet with similar-aged Czech veterans in today’s peaceful city of Prague. The film project is complemented by fascinating archival material, unknown in Austria, stirring up questions about the legitimacy and meaning of war and suppression.

Guests

Evdokia Moskvina

Evdokia Moskvina

Director Occupation 1968 - The Last Mission of General Ermakov
In Vienna: April 22

Stephan Komandarev

Stephan Komandarev

Director and Screenwriter Directions, Director Occupation 1986
In Vienna: April 17-18

Moderator

Stefanie Elias

Stefanie Elias

Moderator Film Programme

Katja Stolbova

Katja Stolbova

Moderator Film Programme

Occupation 1968

Original Title

Occupation 1968

Director

Stephan Komandarev, Marie Elisa Scheidt, Linda Dombrovszsky, Magdalena Szymków, Evdokia Moskvina

Script

Stephan Komandarev, Marie Elisa Scheidt, Linda Dombrovszsky, Magdalena Szymków, Evdokia Moskvina

Genre

Documentary

Category

Family & School Cinema

Country

Bulgaria, Poland, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Hungary

Year

2018

Language

Czech, Russian, Polish, Bulgarian, Hungarian, German, English with Germ./Engl. sub.

Running time

5 x 26 min.

Distribution/Contact

Slingshot Films

Dates

Wednesday 18.04.

09:00 Village Cinema 3

Saturday 21.04.

21:00 Actors Studio 1

Sunday 22.04.

20:30 Breitenseer Lichtspiele